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Board of Trustees

Rolleston College Board

Every state and state-integrated school and kura in New Zealand has a board of trustees that governs it. The board of trustees is a Crown entity. A Crown entity is an organisation that is part of New Zealand’s public sector. The board’s job is to see that everything that needs to be done gets done – legally, ethically, and as well as possible in the best interests of its students.

It is also the employer of all staff, including the principal, and sets the overall strategic direction for the school or kura. The principal is the board’s ‘chief executive’ and manages the school or kura in line with the board’s direction and policies.


Lynley Shaw
Board Chair

Lynley enjoys playing an active part of our growing community and having been previously part of the Establishment Board of Rolleston College, it gives her great pleasure to continue and ensure that our vision for the school gets well embedded into the culture.  She offers a broad range of skills required for this Board with a background in legal, financial and property.  As Lynley’s daughter attends Rolleston College, she has a personal interest in seeing this School functioning successfully, ensuring the learner is always at the core of decisions made and enabling every child to be a high performing individual.

Greg Knowles
Deputy Board Chair

A member of the Rolleston community since 2014 Greg is married to Bridgit and together they have three kids, the oldest a foundation pupil at Rolleston College. His original involvement with Rolleston College was as a member of the Establishment Board of Trustees, formed to establish and open Rolleston College. With a background in marine electronics Greg has worked in the industry in Europe, Africa, South America and the Pacific. Greg and Bridgit now operate their own business’ importing and distributing work apparel and designing and installing remote camera, communications and power systems throughout New Zealand. A passion for the outdoors, he was a Bushcraft instructor with the NZ Mountain Safety Council prior to the disestablishment of its training section. Greg is also on the local Scout and Residents Assoc committees.

Steve Saville
Board Trustee
Rolleston College Principal

Steve Saville brings extensive experience and expertise to this exciting new role. He has successfully fulfilled a wide range of diverse roles within the educational sector. Most recently he has been Deputy Principal at Alfriston College, a position he has held for eight years and one that has enabled him to develop his knowledge of how to successfully manage growth and change within a new school environment [Alfriston was built twelve years ago]. As a result he has first-hand experience around how to grow a school from its initial stages to the point where it is a fully operational learning institution.

Matt Nicoll
Board Trustee
Staff Representative

Matt is one of the foundation teaching staff at the College, joining the school in Term Four of 2016. He brings over 18 years of teaching experience to the Board of Trustees, so is well-equipped to represent a staff perspective on governance issues and decisions. As well as being on the teaching staff, Matt also works with the College’s Futsal and Football teams.

Ric Stevens
Board Trustee

Ric Stevens was elected to the Rolleston College Board of Trustees in 2017 and currently has one daughter at the school. With two younger daughters coming through, his family expects to be associated with the college until 2024. Ric is a former journalist who now works in the field of  criminal justice and is also an officer in the New Zealand Cadet Forces. He is married to Frances, a speech language therapist. They have lived in Rolleston since 2003.

Barry Ward
Board Trustee
Finance Portfolio

Barry Ward is married to Anne-Maree with three children; Alessandra, Ted and Luke. They live in West Melton on a lifestyle farmlet. The children have all attended West Melton primary and Alessandra is currently Year 10 at Rolleston College. Ted will be attending Rolleston College next year in Year 9. Barry has a background of over 20 years in hotel management and helped establish a charitable trust for assisted employment services. He has been involved in the farming and building industry for many years and was former educator with the New Zealand Institute of Management.

Currently Barry maintains the finance portfolio on the Rolleston College Board. As a board member it has been challenging and exciting to be involved in the direction and governance of the College to date. He enjoys the opportunity to work with the other board members and staff to help Rolleston College achieve the expectations of the learners, staff, community and the Ministry Of Education.

Nick Fleckney
Board Trustee

Nick lives in Rolleston and is married to Cate. He has two daughters Maddy and Ruby, the latter is a Year 9 foundation student at Rolleston College. Career-wise Nick is a registered certifying plumber, gasfitter and drainlayer who is employed as a Senior Hydraulic Design Engineer for Beca in Christchurch, designing plumbing, drainage, stormwater and gas systems nationwide. Nick is also the Deputy Chair of the Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board. Additionally he has worked in the tertiary education sector for 9 years where he completed a Graduate Diploma in Higher Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in e-learning through Massey University. One of the most satisfying experiences working in this sector was developing and delivering programs for the ‘Trades in Schools’ syllabus to local high school students, creating creating apprenticeships pathways.


Rolleston College Policy Documents

Child Protection Policy & Procedures (March 2018)

Curriculum Policy, Principles and Practices (June 2017)

Personnel Policy & Procedures (June 2017)

Documentation and Self Review Policy & Procedures (June 2017)

Finance Policy & Procedures (May 2017)

Health and Safety Policy & Procedures (May 2018)


Rolleston College Charter